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2761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo gets stupid... on: May 18, 2005, 02:03:31 PM
Fucking stupid.  

Really just stupid.  Look at the games list for the GBA and you see a wasteland. They think that lineup will move units?  No, they expect the established library to move new units but how long do they really think they can keep milking the same games?

So the GBA, the GBA SP, and now this tiny POS all will play GBA games.  Why buy one over the other?  Hell at least is you buy a DS you can play GBA games plus the handful of DS games.

I love my GBA, probably my favorite console but I really am starting to dislike Nintendo.
2762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 06:46:05 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Square was just demonstrating that the PS3 can render the opening to FF7 in real time and make it look better than their expensive CGI did in 1997.  Since it was a tech demo it had nothing to do with gameplay.

But....did anyone really not believe that a new machine would be much more powerful than technology from 1007?

I know the 1997 version was CGI but I guess I don't find it jaw dropping that technology almost 10 years later is vastlly better.
2763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 06:36:24 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
Why are there so many people who thinkt his stuff is prerendered? It has already been said numerous times that all we're seeing is IN REAL TIME.

So what does that mean to me as a layperson?

It is compiling the code right then, but I still can't do anything so it is basically compiling unchanging static code...I think

So what does that really tell us about how games can look?  

We still couldn't *move* in a game that looks that great but we can watch better videos?

Seriously I don't really understand what this means to me in terms of gameplay.
2764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Final Fantasy XI on: May 17, 2005, 05:32:19 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
FFXI has been on PS2 for two years.  Losing FFXI is not a loss.  It won't be significant unless 360 gets a new numbered FF game.


The simple fact that there will be a FF game on the Xbox is big news.  Sony exclusives are dwindling.

FF games have been on other systems for a long time.  

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (Cube)
Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls (GBA)

are two current examples.

It doesn't mean much more than it did then.
2765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So where do you stand right now? on: May 17, 2005, 05:29:10 PM
I still haven't heard the information that will push me one way or the other - media center integration.

I love to watch stuff from my PC on my TV.  Currently I do that through the Xbox so it gets more time.  However if the PS3 will do that I may lean towards it.

I need to hear more about their other features besides games before I can really pick one or the other.
2766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a video of that FF7 PS3 tech demo? on: May 17, 2005, 01:17:38 PM
I liked it and all but I kind of expect pre rendered cut scenes from Square to loko great.

What would amaze me would be an in-game scene to see how much better that looked.
2767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Picture? I sure hope not! on: May 16, 2005, 08:38:02 PM
So Bill Harris linked to some pictures of the new PS3.  Here is the link.

All I can say is I hope not.  It is far, far uglier to me than the 360.  It just looks cheap and silly.  I think the controller is terrible as well.

2768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System discussion: Xbox 360 on: May 16, 2005, 07:07:41 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
What are you guys looking forward to out of the Xbox 360?

Oddly enough, I'm interested in what it can do outside of games.  There's a lot of talk about it communicating well with Media Center, or possibly other capabilities along those lines.  Supposedly you can watch TV through it as well, so I'm wondering if it's just a straight pass through or whether there might actually be a tuner it, and if there's a tuner, we could also be talking PVR. So any specifics about what it can do in non-gaming functionality will be very interesting to me.

Also, any news about the peripherals or what's bundled and what's not (WiFi, hard drive, bigger hard drive, etc.). smile

I would like to hear more about this as well.

I use my current Xbox (modded) to play video off my PC as well as play games.  Will the 360 let me do that as well?
2769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Xbox 360 connection to home network on: May 15, 2005, 02:37:32 AM
I have read a few things and saw a quote saying the Xbox will connect to our local network (your PC) and that

From here you can access all attached media devices, game information, downloads, and system settings. One of the options under the Media menu is the Media Center Extender. The console is fully compatible with the latest version of Windows Media Center, so gamers with a home network can use 360 to stream music and HD movies from their PC

So does that mean the new 360 will be able to play movies and/or TV that was downloaded?  Or "ripped" since I am sure none of us ever download an odd TV show but we sometimes rip them ourselves from the DVDs we have bought so they can all be on the

If it will then this could actually replace my current modded Xbox.
2770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harry Potter & Goblet of Fire Trailer on: May 09, 2005, 09:27:49 PM
They are going to have to start editing the books to make good movies.  Order of the Phoenix has a ton of stuff which could be cut.  While the stuff at Sirus's house was neat, it could all be cut.  It just doesn't matter to the overall story.  All that matters is that we know who are in the Order.

As for the Goblet of Fire - the trailer looks good.  I hope it turns out as good as Azkaban (which was my favorite of the 3 so far)
2771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire: No Heart? on: May 06, 2005, 07:29:50 PM
I was left....underwhelmed after I finished the game.  

There did seem to be something lacking in the spirit of the game.

I noticed it really bad during the 5th,6th, and 7th chapters which were just incredibly linear and dull.

I feel really bad saying that becuase I love Bioware, I love their other games, I thought the setting sounded great, the story seemed like a winner, but in the end it just didnt' all come together for me either.
2772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Missing stuff in Jade Empire - stuff shown in earlier videos on: May 05, 2005, 02:41:25 PM

Did anyone ever get to see the scenes with Henpecked Hu where his wife was yelling at him from behind the counter at his bun shop?  This was in one of the preview videos and I missed it being included.

I know they probably cut a lot of stuff but there were several neat things in the early videos that I wish would have been in the game.

In one of the videos they talked about how you would have a whole little compound you could visit where your characters would setup/live while you didn't take them with you (hence Henpecked Hu having a bun shop), and you would have statues of the demons you had defeated.  

Perhaps they can use that stuff in Jade Empire 2.
2773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Credits on: May 05, 2005, 02:36:01 PM
I just finished.  I was disappointed by the credits simply becuase they are all outtakes available at the Jade Empire web site (for registered owners.) so I had heard them before.

Still nice to include though.
2774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Combat in Jade Empire on: May 03, 2005, 05:51:57 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
As far as I can tell the AI is far more aggressive with the difficulty cranked up. They also block more frequently and at more appropriate times.  They also attack a bit better in groups- one baddie will use a ranged attack while one with a weapon equipped moves in on you.

I agree.

In one fight I was having a terrible time and I cranked *down* the difficulty.  After that, in that same fight, the computer didn't use certain very tough spells, didn't block, and overall seemed much less agressive.

So I don't think the AI cheats on higher levels, I think it is just more agressive, and plays better.

Of course I bet they also have some cheats like more focus and chi which would allow them to use weapons for longer and spells more frequently.
2775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / holy @#%&! - it's really lara! on: May 03, 2005, 12:22:24 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Not to sound gay or anything, but jesus man, give the woman some appropriate body dimensions.  That looks somewhat rediculous to me.  Put a little more meat on her, tone down those breasts - make her look more realistic and she may be more appealing.

Yeah.  She certainly doesn't look real.

However I just played God of War and Kratos didn't look realistic at all either so I guess i am willing to forgive - if the game mechanics are good.

From the trailer I saw the game mechanics look like they are good.  I just hope it plays well.
2776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VG Cats = teh funny! on: May 02, 2005, 08:57:49 PM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Yes, I beat God of War, doesnt change my opinion of the comic strip.

I guess the joke can't be funny to everyone.

I find it hilarious.

I thought the nudity was childish and cheesy and their comments about how the atire was meant to be more realistic (can't remember where I read that interview) was just stupid.
2777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2? PS3? Revolution? PC? Check out the screens... (56k) on: April 29, 2005, 01:59:44 PM
If you go to the Steel Monkey's web site and dig around for pics you will find a staff pic with a very clearly visible PS2 controler.

Not to say that means it is a PS3 game but it is the only piece of console hardware I could find in the shots.

2778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 trailer/video on: April 29, 2005, 12:24:39 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Welcome to 19 hours and 2 minutes ago  :wink:

Agree on the music.  Hope they keep that theme in the game.  It sounds rather retro but I love it!

Bah!  Your post was buried in the thread announcing the game.  It deserved a whole thread....that's my story and I am sticking to it....
2779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 trailer/video on: April 29, 2005, 02:39:31 AM

Found here

Looks pretty good.  I love hearing the music again.  They were great games.

I hope the next one is as good.
2780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!!! on: April 26, 2005, 08:22:26 PM
That looks pretty cool.  And considering the competion for Sci-fi movies...well it looks incredible.
2781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 26, 2005, 01:15:59 PM
No real suprises, so fans are doing exactly what they have been....waiting.

I mean, I could care less that they "announced" Dragon Quest 8.  I knew it was coming and I have watched tons of videos for it.  I am just sitting around waiting for it.
2782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 06:36:28 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "farley2k"
However they are also bigger. I like the Mad Catz for the Xbox becuase it is about the size of the S controller and I like the small size.

You might be thinking of the old Logitech wireless controller, at least as far as the PS2 goes.  The newer model (Precision I think?) is approximately the size of the Dual Shock with some sleeker lines and only takes 2 AA batteries.  

Like I said, I didn't care for the Logitech Xbox version.  In addition to problems with button responses I found it uncomfortable to hold.  Size-wise it seemed comparable to an S-Controller but its layout strained my hand.  Design-wise it was very similar to that supposed Xbox 360 controller picture thats floating around.

I haven't looked for a long time so I am probably thinking of the old one.

I guess I can learn to love any controller (or at least use them).
2783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 05:48:52 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
What wireless controller are you using?

Let me think.  

PS2 - Predator by ??? (can't remember)
Xbox - Mad Catz one.  

I wondered if the logitech ones were better.  They are twice the price (or more) so I figured they should be.

However they are also bigger.  I like the Mad Catz for the Xbox becuase it is about the size of the S controller and I like the small size.

I hope that the versions which come with the consoles will be as good as the wavebird since they would be first party controllers as well but if MS or Sony goes with an odd manufacturer they could suck.
2784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many hours a week do you watch tv? on: April 25, 2005, 04:55:08 PM
TiVo ruined my TV watching.  It started logically enough.  I stopped caring when shows were on - after all TiVo would have it for me!  However the creep got longer and longer between when it did air and when I watched it.  Sometimes I would have 5-8 episodes TiVoed before I bothered to watch them.

Then it happened.  I realized not only didn't I care if I watched the shows for 5 weeks, I didn't even care if I ever watched them.  So more stuff started sitting on the TiVo, and then started gettting deleted from the TiVo to make room for more stuff I didn't bother to watch.

Now I maybe watch a couple hours a week, but generally only when the Mrs. wants to catch something.
2785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 04:44:32 PM
Lots of rumors that the next generation of consoles will have only wireless controllers and I wondered how people felt about that (oh and I wanted to give my opinion!)

I am really torn.  I love the freedom it gives to move around, and I like how it makes things look neat around the console/entertainment center but I am just not sold that they are that great.

For example - when playing Onimush 3 I found that I was having a terrible time with some of the combos.  I plugged in my wired controller and the problems were not there.

When playing Shadow Hearts: Covanent I had to do the game thing.  The judgement ring just seemed easier to master with a wired controler.

Most recently I have switched back to a wired controller for Jade Empire.  I was having to hit some of the buttons twice to get my commands to register.  That is really annoying in a fighting (well sort of a fighting) game.

I also had to do the same thing with God of War.  It was just much easier to pull of the combos with a wired controler

I have put in new batteries, but I don't always have a totally clear sight to the machine.  However if you have to have a totally clear view of the console (or the reciever) anyway then how great is it to even have wireless?  Just the range.  

Does this happen to anyone else?  It worries me about the next generation of consoles.
2786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Character Choice on: April 22, 2005, 06:33:34 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

I still dont understand this particular fetish-I hear that in MMOs all the time smile I mean, I kind of get it, but I want my avatar to be a...well, you know, hero like dude since I am theoretically a hero-like dude. Im going to stop talking now.

I think it is the difference between seeing the character as "you" playing in the game or as a character you control playing the game.

If it is you then it is a bit odd to play the opposite gender, but if it is just a character then why not make it as pleasing as possible?
2787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 05:30:45 PM
Quote from: "Qbe"

If you have the opportunity, try it.  You might like it too.

I don't know that I will have much choice.  I love playing my GBA in the car (wife driving, me playing) so I will have to try something to play.

The only think about the Pokemon games is that I have the impression they don't have much of a story at all.  It is just collecting and battling.  Fine as far as it goes but I do like a story.
2788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 01:12:07 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
There are two RPGs on the horizon - Riviera from Atlus, and Sigma Star Saga (a combination side-scrolling space shooter/RPG!) from Namco, set for release in June and July, respectively.  There's also Pokemon Emerald at the end of this month.

I must admit I have never played any of hte Pokemon games..and I don't know if I am desprite enough to do so yet.
2789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 18, 2005, 09:36:39 PM
Well I supose since it is just sitting there I shouldn't say I miss it but I do miss having anything to play on it.  

I cannot believe what a drought my little GBA is facing.  

Sure there are some kids games, platform games, and some videos but as a person who loves RPGs and strategy games I am pretty much forced to shelve my GBA until (fingers crossed) that X-com type "Rebelstar"

Not to change the subject in my own post but is it just me or is Nintendo just pissing away their consoles?  No Cube games this month, little on the horizon for the DS and the above mentioned scarcity of GBA stuff.  

What is going on?  

It is like the announced the new Zelda game and like the groundhog went back into their hole.
2790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Bioware Site - Bloopers and Outtakes from Jade Empire on: April 18, 2005, 05:53:36 PM
I think this is why I love this company!  

Bloopers and Outtakes from Jade Empire.

Just fun stuff.  Well worth registering.
2791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 18, 2005, 05:49:04 PM
I just don't understand why I must be at work while such a perfect game is at home waiting for me to come back to it.

I just hit Chapter 2 and I am just blown away by how perfect I find this game.  I can see why people might not like it and I see a lot of things I would want to see in JE 2 but for that doesn't change the fact that every moment I am playing is bliss and every moment away is suffering.

I just haven't been this blown away for a long long time.  I just pray that it keeps up until the end.
2792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 09:51:32 PM
I will admint that anger was geting the best of me when I posted.  It doesn't really make the game crap but it is certainly stupid.

I don't even think it is becuase of how difficult it is (although I think it is tough) It is because of how they changed how the game worked.

Up till that point at almost any point with sections like that there were save points before and after so that players didn't have to do those difficult parts over and over.  

They never had a really tough monster fight followed by some platform puzzle without a save.  

I will probably get by it later tonight but I no matter what I feel that the section is very different in tone and design than the rest of the game.
2793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 07:17:50 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
I also have to say that this kind of crap at the end of the game really makes me wonder if reviewers really finish games. It is a very good game but those sections are worth some points off. And even if you can live with that it doesn't even really show up in reviews as something mentioned.

Maybe reviewers didn't find it as difficult as you did?

have you played the section?

It isn't about difficulty.  It  is about stupid design decissions which don't match the rest of the game at all.  

Such a major shift in the basic game mechanics should be noted even if it is a section the reviewer gets by quickly.
2794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 06:45:08 PM
What is the matter with developers?  I just got the the spinning tower blades of utter crap and I have to say the last few sections of the game have just been utter crap.

The stupid section with the spikes that come up from the ground and kill you and destroy the box to get get the necklace.  The dumb ass crap in Hades.

Why after such great sections, such fun, fun boss fights to they piss the whole game away with stupid sections?

It just isn't fun and it really has ruined the game experience for me.  

I tried getting up the spinning blade for a long time but after falling 30-40 times when even the smallest pixel of the blades touched me I just said screw it.

I don't even care if I finish the game.  Maybe I will pick it up in a few days but right now I am just so freaking pissed I can't even stand to look at the game.

I also have to say that this kind of crap at the end of the game really makes me wonder if reviewers really finish games.  It is a very good game but those sections are worth some points off.  And even if you can live with that it doesn't even really show up in reviews as something mentioned.
2795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 15, 2005, 02:42:42 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
My one real bitch about the game is the blocking animation. I think the shield thing is a total cop out. They should have carried the animation one step farther and made the character block like a normal martial artist. The shield would be fine when you are blocking and ice dart for instance, but when some one kicks to my head i wanna see my character block high. I would really have liked it if the combat worked out more like what the Matrix online looks like. The glowing shiled thing is is just so artificial.

I agree.  The shield is fine for magical/unnatural attacks but for real life stuff their should be real life blocks.  However after seeing how much movement capture they already did for the moves I have to say I am willing to let it slide.

Oh, and kudos on using capitalization and punctuation.  It is much easier to read your stuff when it is properly punctuated.
2796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Challenge - Sign Up/Discuss - Xbox 360 related on: April 15, 2005, 02:28:22 PM
I am not sure my brain can wrap around this new marketing.  I is just so freaking confusing!
2797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else receive 2 Jade Empires from on: April 14, 2005, 11:11:57 PM
And there seems to be no sense to it.  I ordered after ATB (since I found out from his post about the price) but they didn't cancel mine!

Very strange company.
2798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else receive 2 Jade Empires from on: April 14, 2005, 01:51:28 PM
Mine is still "In process" which means squat to me.  I want it shipping by now.  

(edited) It is shipping now.  I have the USPS tracking number.  I guess I should be happy since I got it cheap but I just want to have it *now*(edit)

Actually I think I will just cancel it myself.  My Gamestop has copies of the LE in and it is only $4 more and I won't have to wait for shipping.  

Everytime I pre-order I end up regretting it.  Not because of order issues (like them canceling the order) but because I see the game sitting on store shelves while my order is still shipping.  I hate that.

Of course Overstock doesn't allow cancelations!

Can I cancel an order?

Orders cannot be cancelled once the checkout process has been completed.

    * Due to our commitment to process orders quickly, once the checkout process is completed our warehouse is immediately notified to pick and pack the order for shipment.
    * We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you.
    * If you have already completed the checkout process, and no longer need the item you ordered, please view our Return Policy.

So they have no problem canceling yours but you can't do it yourself!  Now that is just rude.
2799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Design seen? on: April 13, 2005, 09:10:41 PM
"Xbox 360 - Come full circle"  

"Xbox 360 - Really, going nowhere."

"Xbox 360 - One revolution, back to the start"

"Xbox 360 - Back where we started"

I don't know I can't see the great ads for the 360.
2800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Revenge Of The Sith (1337 subtitles) on: April 13, 2005, 06:25:28 PM
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